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[03/05/14] Mayo Gaels ‘smash and grab’ win over Moy Davitts in U16 Division 3 League Play-Off….

posted 9 May 2014, 14:14 by Mayo Gaels

Mayo Gaels defeated Moy Davitts by 5:07 to 4:08 in the final U16 Division 3B play-off game played in Charlestown on Saturday the 3rd of May.

The first half was a tense, low scoring, affair with both defences dominating proceedings. Even though Moy Davitts were on top at midfield the Gaels launched several counter-attacks and scored two critical goals – the first from Ronan Commons and the second, just before half-time, from James Jennings. The Gaels could considered themselves slightly fortunate to be one point ahead at the interval : Mayo Gaels 2:02 to Moy Davitt’s 1:04.

With Moy Davitts securing a strong grip at mid-field the third quarter saw the Moy Siders launch repeated attacks on the Mayo Gaels defence. Mayo Gaels defended valiantly nevertheless with six minutes to go – and Moy Davitts comfortably leading by 4:08 to 3:05 - it appeared that the game had slipped away from the Gaels. All present at the game however hadn’t reckoned on the spirit of the Mayo Gaels team and in a frantic last few minutes the Gaels stunned Moy Davitts by scoring two goals and two points to clinch the victory in dramatic fashion (the last score a wonderful injury time goal from Liam Hughes).

While delighted to win the playoff game against Moy Davitts the Gaels will know that a much improved performance is required for the semi-final which will be played against Islandeady (in Islandeady) next Tuesday the 6th of May at 7.00pm.

Mayo Gaels: F.McGurrin; L.Rushe, C.Jordan; R.O’Donnell, C.Heneghan(0:01), E.Duggan; R.Burke(0:01), L.Hughes(2:00); K.Kenna, J.Gallagher(0:01), R.Commons(1:00); J.Jennings(2:02), F.Regan(0:02, 1free). Subs: S.Connor, G.Kilkenny, D.McGurrin, A.Commons, P.Murphy.